How to build a half moon table

Updated February 21, 2017

A half-moon table, also known as a half-round, is a great multifunctional table used to break up a long hallway or in spaces where square footage is at a premium. Available in many styles and shapes, a half-moon table can coexist with any decor from Shaker to Queen Anne. It can be a complex piece to make, consisting of a curved design, or it can be made quite simply, by creating a triangular base and carving a slab of wood in a semicircular shape to set on top.

Measure the area in which the table will set to get the proper dimensions. The table should be no higher than 45 inches. Most have 30 inch legs, with the top measuring 36 inches wide by 18 inches deep.

Measure the wood slab 36 inches long and 18 inches wide. Draw a semicircle connecting these measurements and cut with a table saw.

Cut pieces of the 1-by-4 inch wood to form a triangle base for the slab. The front of the table should have a 90 degree cut, forming the top of the triangle. The two other pieces should be cut at a 45 degree angle to form a right isosceles triangle. Screw these pieces together.

Position a leg in each of the three corners and screw the leg to the base.

Add a piece of bevelled wood in front of each leg to form a brace which will join the panels together.

Lay the half-round slab on the floor, right side down. Lay the base on top of the slab with the legs in the air. Center the base and mark the underside of the slab.

Remove the base and add carpenter's glue to all edges that will come into contact with the slab. Position the top carefully, lining it up with the markings.

Add one finishing screw through the top and into each leg. Counter sink the screws. Fill all the holes with wood putty and finish the piece with a final sanding. Then stain or paint.


If your table will be placed in a hallway, be certain there is at least a four foot wide area for proper clearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 3 table legs
  • 1-by-4-inch wood for base
  • Slab of one inch thick wood
  • Table saw
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood putty
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush or cloth
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Becky Lower began writing professionally in 2004. Her work has appeared in "elan" magazine, a northern Virginia publication, "Good Old Days" magazine, the "BGSU Alumni" magazine and on the website Lower has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Bowling Green State University.